Army chief Bipin Rawat to visit the northeastern region

New Delhi: General Bipin Rawat takes over as the Chief of Army Staff, in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI12_31_2016_000057B)

Vastavam web: Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat is likely to visit the northeastern region in the next few days to take stock of the operational matters.The visit is taking place in the backdrop of the standoff between Indian troops and Chinese army in the Sikkim sector and China’s allegation that the Indian forces trespassed into its territory.”The Army chief is likely to visit the northeastern region as part of a routine tour,” a source said.Gen. Rawat will review various operational matters in the Northeast a strategically key region having most of the 3,488-km-long-border with China.

Today China accused Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff.China also said that it has lodged diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, alleging that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector.